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Discussion on planter box design ideas by New York Plantings Custom Planter Builders NYC

New York Plantings built heavy duty, purpose built planters made for outdoor use.

Custom Planter Boxes strengthened and fortified in key areas while promoting good drainage, because drainage is one of the key elements in plant health. Well drained planters will not bare the stress of tons of pressure from freezing soil.

If an engine block can split from ice a planter will surely expand/contract to become weak, separate at joints, split and fail.

Attached is the basic premise for the planter however New York Plantings have improved upon this since.

Landscape Lighting and cedar planter installation NYC
Landscape Lighting and cedar planter installation NYC
New York Plantings Crew Member creates holes to set up Landscape Lights
New York Plantings Crew Member creates holes to set up Landscape Lights

The extensive use of long pocket hole screws holds better than we could have hoped for and reduces the need for redundant framing and “nailers” which are weak blocks used for attachment but not actual part of the structure.


Custom planter design by New York Planting in own work shop NYC


Long pocket hole screws used in Custom planter design for long life by New York Plantings


New York plantings custom planter design at own work shop in NYC
New York plantings custom planter design at own work shop in NYC

Long pocket hole screws Items like the trim and caps etc. can be fabricated in the shop:

*much more accurate and attractive when made on a good table saw/band saw or sliding compound miter saw than the look of on site circular saw “helpers”

Solid stain applied to the inside of planters can be substituted with “RED GUARD” or similar waterproofing membrane that will effectively extend the life of the wood indefinitely.  The use of 5/4″ decking planks with pocket hole joinery (note NO framing which is always off unless the framing woof is perfectly straight and planed.

Depending upon style, each board is jointed and then planed, often each board is cut to exact size then routed on each edge.

Either with factory style round over OR a bevel of 33 or 45 degrees.

Top caps can be used to lift planters in most instances the typical carpenters just tack on the top caps.

First the frame is assembled then attached to the planter. Again, made in the shop instead of on site. Cannot compare this work to on site work.

This allows perfect alignment, no gaps and true 90 degree joints.

These planters are built with solid 2X10 or 2X12″ planks. Each board is planed to perfect flatness and straightness then routed on each edge, cut down to exact sizes.

Note that our method shows no fasteners but traditional hiding of fasteners is weak since small framing is used. Framing wood is never perfectly straight: The pocket hole joinery uses screws up to 75% longer for added grip and clamping. keeping wood from warping over time.Edges Such as above will not sit straight and will have wide gaps/seams if the wood planks are not first planed and jointed.

Then, where edges meet the routing makes the joined edges look clean. This is a planter without the marine laminate liner.The 3/4″ marine laminate is designed to hold up in continuous wet environment, even saturated with water and not separate.Coated marine grade laminate is even more impervious to moisture.

Even though marine laminate is acceptable and even specified by architects and builders we have decided to use the 5/4″ thick wood OR 2″ thick solid wood bottoms (pressure treated or cedar #2 or#3 to save weight)The solid bottoms are held off the ground approx 1-2″ to allow for air to pass beneath.

NO HOLES are drilled in these solid wood bottoms. Drilling holes in bottoms will weaken the bottoms, shorten the life of any wood, solid or laminate by allowing water to enter the end-grain. Holes in planter bottoms will not offer good drainage either. By making spaces in the solid wood planks much as a deck is built the water easily drains, evenly (no wet or dry areas or puddling, fungus or moldy smells etc.)

Other smart and professional grade drainage options include “bulkhead fittings fwd in previous emails. All planter drainage can be routed directly to drain or even be recycled or re purposed to irrigate other planters.

Note bottoms of planters. There is no stronger planter made nor a better planter. Even with the marine grade laminate, the solid wood bottoms.

Note the air gap under the planter but the planter looks flush with the ground. Planters can be built with recess in bottom for LED lighting tubes.

New York plantings custom planter design and landscape light installation with custom planters
New York plantings custom planter design and landscape light installation with custom planters

There are likely 100 different points to mention when it comes to how these planters are made, from the finger joint or staggered boards,

*the bracing that is made so that gardeners can plant large root balls anywhere on the planter so that they do not have to cut root balls or compromise spacing (cross bracing that actually

* bracing ties in the bottom to the sides, not just a piece of wood across the planter. Note the “V” shape of planter bracing.

Modular custom planters by New York Plantings Garden Designers and Landscape contracting

(modular planters are the planters that we deliver in sections and assemble onsite, these can be disassembled and moved more easily, these custom built modular planters can be made from cedar, IPE planters, pressure treated wood or mahogany, even composite planters. Do not hesitate to install custom built planters by newyorkplantings for your terrace, sidewalk planters, restaurant or hotel entry planters. You will always get a great planter box, custom buil to your specifications with delivery, soil and plantings such as trees, shrubs or flowers delivered and planted in NYC. Shipping worldwide for custom built planters)            


New York Plantings Custom Sidewalk planters for home, cafe and shop owners in NYC

Streetscapes planter boxes, restaurant entry planters, café planter boxes: deserve a heavy, super strong sidewalk planter, reinforced to ward off sniffing urinating pooches, businessmen tying a shoe or some drunken teens trying to move or pull the planter apart.

Custom IPE Planter Box with  Boxwood and with lovely flowers, Petunias and mixed annuals. Courtesy light is also installed to add beauty during the night.
Custom IPE Planter Box with  Boxwood and with lovely flowers, Petunias and mixed annuals. Courtesy light is also installed to add beauty during the night.

Cafe’s need planters that will separate the crowded sidewalk from patrons while supporting shrubs or flowers and plantings with café planters that can handle being moved about and still look great several years later.

We plant the flowers too! NY Plantings can build beautiful custom planters for your NYC restaurant or café that look great and function to separate your patrons from sidewalk crowds. 
Built in planters for terrace garden planter boxes, rooftop garden planters and townhouse rear yards, patios and courtyards are perfect way to provide the best garden like feel for a small but wonderful NYC outdoor space. Contact NY Plantings for their trademark garden design and planter installations. Only one company in NY builds the high quality custom made built in IPE planters that on a continual basis. Landscape Architects and other garden companies even call upon New York Plantings Garden Designers and Landscape Construction company NYC to install planters, hardscapes, decks and custom built fences. Several custom built in planter designs available. 

Cedar Planter
Cedar Planter

New York Plantings Garden Designers and Landscape Contracting can do more than build custom made planters. We can help you decide the size of your custom made planters, the shape of your custom planter boxes and the landscape plan or layout with a complete garden or landscape design plan for rooftop gardens, townhouse landscape design ideas and traditional suburban landscape designing. Architectural quality renderings or simple top down sketches. Master garden knowledge with “hands on” hardcore garden practice that is typically unmatched even by the NYC landscape architects of note. NY Plantings does offer services to the trade and builds custom planters, fences and decks, pergolas and other hardscape for landscape or garden designers, landscape architects and builders.

New York Plantings can build planters in their large, well equipped workshop or on site for built in installations of planters such as for terrace garden planter boxes, penthouse gardens where carry through of large planters or built in planters built off site are not practical. sometimes it I too difficult to carry a large planter box to a Manhattan rooftop garden installation so we will pre fabricate the planter box and then assemble the custom made planter on the rooftop garden or terrace.

We can build rectangular planter boxes, square planters, cube style planters that are also offered in a tall planter for high style. We have several photos of planters and planter boxes available and also provide renderings of rooftop garden layouts or terrace gardens, townhouse rear yard landscape designs to show how the planters will look built specifically for your outdoor space. 

Custom Planter NY
Custom Planter NY


**IPE is a Brazilian hardwood that has several desirable features for outdoor construction such as custom planters, decks, custom built fences and other hardscapes. We do offer custom made planters in many different materials to meet garden design and pricing requirements. We build planters from mahogany, pine planters, pressure treated wood planter boxes, cedar planters and even marine plywood planters for low cost temporary rooftop gardens and urban gardens raised planters for raised gardens, greenroof planters and living walls.

Do you have a great outdoor space and need custom built planters or planter boxes?

Would you like for your planters to fit the space perfectly, with no unsightly gaps or spaces for debris to gather and have the look, color and materials to fit the design or style you like?

Do you want to know that you are buying the best possible planters of high quality that will last for decades instead of just a few seasons?

Would you like the planters delivered and placed exactly where you want them with soil ready to plant?

Contact NY Plantings at 347-558-7051 or sales@newyorkplantings.com and we will be happy to work with you.
**Please remember to support American artisans and tradesmen especially when we are building the best products!!!

New York Plantings Garden Designers and Landscape contracting

432 E 14st

New York, NY 10009

Call: 347-558-7051

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New York Plantings supplies best custom planters and material for Modern Penthouse Rooftop Gardens

New York Plantings Garden Designers and Landscape Construction NYC began building custom planters as part of our very first project for a Manhattan Penthouse roof garden design and installation, then soon after a high end builder and landscape architect contracted NY Plantings Landscape Contractors to renovate a townhouse rear yard landscape with yet another large custom built IPE planter box running the length of the rear yard.

Several years later it is established that New York Plantings is the “go to” company to build and deliver custom made planters in the NYC metro areas.
The demand for custom built planters is partly fueled by our own rooftop, terrace garden designs and townhouse or brownstone landscaping renovations. We are our own best customer!

Finding a high quality planter built by a master gardener and master craftsman with a strong technical and mechanical background isn’t easy Carpenter built planters?

The typical carpenter may have installed hundreds of kitchen cabinets however knows nothing about what it takes for a planter to survive a rooftop garden planter’s task of supporting the trees, shrubs and flowers on terraces, decks, penthouse landscapes and other planter box applications. Continuous temperature cycling over decades of harsh New York winters on a rooftop garden or city sidewalk. Support for plantings is another job that a planter is tasked with: in order to maintain proper drainage and prevent the wood from becoming waterlogged (eventually freezing, splitting and separating from the force of the freeze in winter) then plants are heaved from the pot or planter when soil freezes (this is called “frost heaving”, a common condition well known to old school gardeners and homeowners who practice the art.

We build planters in IPE wood, pressure treated planters, cedar planters, mahogany planter boxes, any type of custom built wooden planters or in standard sizes such as cube shaped planter boxes for trees, corner wedge planters, built in terrace garden planter boxes or rectangular planters.
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The typical gardener may be a eager “handy man” however lacks the decades of experience earned as an outdoor carpenter and hardscape tradesman, without the proper tools and materials knowledge to know where that extra strength and attention is required to build a high quality durable heavy duty custom planter box.

We have come across several planters tacked together by NYC carpenters and gardeners alike and have found that nearly all have failed in some way only a few short seasons after their expensive completion. Decades of experience in replacing failed planter boxes has given NY Plantings the formula to build bulletproof planters that can withstand the constant containment of moist acid soil, insects, heat, cold, pressure from freezing and destructive root growth.

Seeing how hundreds of rooftop and sidewalk planters fail and where the typical NYC carpenter or gardener’s skills fall short and addressing the common issues normally faced in planter durability has given New York Plantings‘ custom made planters the ability to last for decades and the ability to support planting such as large trees, shrubs and flowers for a lifetime without rotting or falling apart.
The use almost exclusively of IPE Brazilian hardwood in our planter boxes ensures success in designing a custom built planter to last a lifetime.

Stainless steel fasteners: no shortcuts with old school nails, NEVER use a “nailgun or bradgun” when building anything for outdoor use, especially custom built planter boxes.

New York Plantings Garden Designers and Landscape contracting
432 E 14st
New York, NY 10009
Call: 347-558-7051
site url: http://www.newyorkplantings.com/Home.php

New York Plantings supplies best IPE custom built planters and planter boxes in NYC

New York Plantings Garden Designers and Landscape Contractors build Custom Planters in any quantity and any size.
The “GO – TO” hardscape and streetscape company of Planters NYC is the #1 designer and manufacturer of **IPE Custom Built Planters and planter boxes to your specification in any size. Wood planters built in our shop, or built in planters NY assembled on site. Pre fabricated components can be assembled on site for hardscapes such as for rooftop gardens, terraces and penthouse landscapes.

We custom build highest quality, heavy duty planters in any type of material such as Cedar Planters or Mahogany Planters and even pressure treated custom wood planters.

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Specializing in beautiful heavy duty IPE Planter Boxes for Rooftop Gardens, Built in garden Planters for Terraces, Townhouse Garden Planters and planters for café seating Ny. We have the ability to manufacture in our beautiful modern wood shop or build your custom made planters on site at your home or business. We offer our hardscape design and construction services to homeowners, residential or commercial applications or to the trade such as building planters for landscape architects, garden companies and landscape contractors.

Sidewalk planters are everywhere in NYC for hotels, restaurants or anyone who wants to show that they care about the appearance of their building. Anywhere you would like a custom made planter with a perfect look and fit for your outdoor space.

Custom planter box
Custom planter box
custom planter
custom planter

Do not settle for light duty “eggshell” fiberglass planters or stapled together thin wood planters that do not quite fit the space, leave unsightly gaps and do not offer the volume of soil to best support your trees, flowers and shrubs throughout
Choose the size planter you want and simply call or email to order. We can ship your planters to you quickly anywhere.

New York Plantings offers more value and services than any other company by adding optional delivery and placement of the planters and/or trellis exactly where you want it.
We then deliver to you the bags of garden soil and drainage media substrate, set up the planters for proper drainage and place them where you want them.
NY Plantings delivers planters to rooftop gardens, penthouse terraces and roof decks, townhouses, rooftop bars and restaurants NYC and surrounding areas.

Planters custom built and delivered Or built on site.
Several shapes and styles of planter boxes in various finishes such as oiled IPE, Clear coated Mahogany, Stained wood or custom color painted custom planter boxes.
Above and below: Custom built IPE wood planters by New York Plantings for a Manhattan penthouse garden installation and hardscape. The planter box image below is 3 years later! Note how beautiful the NY Plantings IPE planter box and custom built rooftop IPE deck look even after 3 years of brutal NYC rooftop garden conditions. Stainless steel fasteners are used for our IPE planter boxes.

Modular built terrace garden planter boxes can be made with separate boxes that can be removed or with a continuous fascia for the built in IPE planter box look that makes any rooftop, penthouse garden or terrace garden special. New York Plantings has designed and built dozens of rooftop gardens and terraces. This built in style of planter has become a NY Plantings Garden Designers and Landscape Contractors NYC trademark. These cusom built in planters are provided with soil, plants, trees and flowers, a professionally installed drip irrigation system and note the landscape lighting.

“Come out and sit down” complete terrace garden packages.